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The ANU South Asia Research Institute fosters cutting-edge multidisciplinary research on South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Examining the region’s rich past, complex present, and global impact, we illuminate the importance of India and its neighbours to Asia, the Pacific, Australia and the world.

Our mission:

  • to set the agenda in national and international discourse about South Asia;
  • to nurture a world-class undergraduate and postgraduate program;
  • to serve as a partner and essential resource for those who focus on South Asia.

SARI was established in 2012 to consolidate and nurture next generations of South Asian Studies. Since 2012, SARI has developed into a coherent university community which has

  • established annual public lectures and a regular seminar series
  • partnered with community organisations
  • provided HDR students with professional development opportunities
  • supported research grant applications in South Asian Studies
  • and nourished a revitalised India Studies major. 

Twenty-first-century South Asian Studies at  ANU has been at the forefront of new interdisciplinary ways of understanding “the world,” exemplified by scholars whose research has placed the region at the centre of paradigms of world literature and of global innovation. Our disciplinary strengths range across the humanities and social sciences, encompassing anthropology and development, gender studies, history, politics, economics, international relations and security, law, religious studies, language studies, and literary and cultural studies. 

The South Asia Research Institute aims to cultivate dynamic new knowledge, to foster the next generation of researchers, and to improve public engagement with the region 

Apart from SARI’s academic engagements, we also serve as a hub for non-ANU academics based in Canberra. SARI welcomes non-academic members, such as High Commissions, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin. 

ANU offers a breadth of area studies courses on South Asia and in-depth programs in several of the languages of the region in a variety of degree programs for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Become a member or affiliate

We invite those interested and working on the region to apply to become members (ANU staff and students) or affiliates (non-ANU scholars and stakeholders) of the South Asia Research Institute.

As members and affiliates, you would be entitled not only to participate in the activities of SARI but also share your work and avail of networking and funding opportunities. 

Please fill in your details in the online application form below. You will need to provide a short bio, a headshot (400w x 600h pixels) and contact details. Profiles of members and affiliates are displayed on our website.

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